Happy 2013 to all!

Happy New Year to everyone!

The 2013 season will mark the fifth year of Fire Confidential (my fourth) and this one should be even more entertaining than previous years. Stay tuned for transfer window and Superdraft coverage coming in the next few weeks.

Thanks for your continued support!

Filed under: 2013 Pre Season

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  • 2:31 a.m.? Yes, it was New Years, but I bet you were up with the little one last night. Thanks for all the work you do. Great information and great observations. Keep up the good work from a loyal follower!

  • Thanks Gladbach....we were up kicking the ball around. ;)

  • Happy New Year to you Guillermo! Thanks for all of your posts, observations, news and most importantly for the very rare occasions that you agree with me (sadly its the highlight of my week when that happens).

    Keep up the awesome work and thanks for keeping the Fire flames burning in all of us!

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Thanks Krasov! I'll see what I can do about making your weeks all the more entertaining. ;)

  • Trib story on the financial disaster that the Village of Bridgeview has on it's hands in trying to pay down the bill for Toyota Park....

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-12-30/news/ct-met-bridgeview-stadium-debt-20121230_1_bridgeview-taxpayers-professional-soccer-stadium-bridgeview-officials

    This doesn't affect the Fire on the field per se, but it does make dealing with the Village on anything related to Toyota Park and use of the facilities a bit of a struggle.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    How long is the team's deal with the Village?

    Look for $100 per game parking!

    Maybe if the DePaul to a new McCormick Place basketball arena falls through, the McPier Authority could build a soccer stadium on the site!

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    i been living in bridgeview since 2006 and my taxes went from $3K to 5K... not happy about that... will be testing the market this summer for sure...

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    Cheers Guillermo!

    I appreciate your work very much. All the best to you and your family in 2013!

    Kind regards,

    Scott

  • In reply to ManOn TheFire:

    Thanks Scott! Back at ya!

  • Grant Wahl ranks the Fire at #13 in his annual "Ambition Rankings"........

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/news/20130103/mls-ambition-rankings/index.html

    Down two spots from last year.

  • can't really argue with him putting us at #13.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    agreed. the franchise just seems blah at the top levels of mgmt. it's been years that we've been struggling with the same issues up top on the field - i keeping thinking this will be the year that they sign someone who can consistently put the ball in the back of the net. i'm really looking forward to see what will (or won't) happen over the next few weeks. if it's the same old, same old, and this season starts just like the past few seasons (with major holes to be filled with middlin talent in mid season), can we start to see this team as just another mediocre chicago franchise trying only so hard and only getting so far?

  • Guillermo,

    Here is my theory on the MLS schedule. Over the past few years, the schedule has be psuing the start of the season up by a few weeks each year. Now the season is starting in early March. When the 20th team gets added and they add games to the schedule, they will move it up a little earlier. The season also has been slowly lengthening into the Fall. Now the MLS championship basically is played at Thanksgiving. Eventually, they are going to change the schedule so it starts in August and is played through the Fall. When the coldest days come, they will take a holiday like Germany and Italy. Even Spain takes a Winter break. They should use this time for "friendlies" or a revival of the mini-tournament with the Mexican Primera. Then, when that ends in at the end of December, they start again with road games for most of the Northern teams in the middle of January like Germany does. Before you know it, they are playing games when they were supposed to start. I seriously think that this is the unstated plan that MLS has. Can you make my week?

  • In reply to Krasov:

    I can't see something like that happening for a looonnngggg time. The theory makes some sense but MLS is years away from being able to pull that off.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Don Garber talked about the calendar this week and said that switching to the European calendar was inevitable, but that it was quite a bit into the future.

    If you want the season to resume in mid January after the winter break and you want the cold-climate teams to play on the road until early March (which is when the 2013 season begins), then you're asking those teams to play 5-6 consecutive road games. Ask any coach if he would be in favor of such a structure and he would probably bust a gut laughing at it.

    MLS can shift to a fall-to-spring schedule when the fan support is sufficiently strong enough to stomach sitting in freezing conditions in February. As of right now, I can envision only the most hardy fans coming to TP for a game in February. Remember, this is all about selling tickets.

  • In reply to StaryByk3:

    I don't see it happening any time soon. I think this is more wish-list lip service from Garber more than anything for the time being.

  • I don't think they're taking anything by storm, but this MLSsoccer.com article picks the Fire as one of the 3 teams that could surprise in the East.....

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2013/01/03/three-thursday-who-will-surprise-mls-2013

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    for the fire to really "surprise" the league, they are going to have to win something. everyone knows they'll be competitive, they made the playoffs and were pushing for a top slot in the conference before a late fade.

  • Steve Goff is telling the twitters that NYRB is trading Joel Lindpere to Chicago for an international spot. If true, I like the move. Lindpere is a beast.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Will Lindpere replace Flaco? Play CAM and have Rolfe/ MacDonald on top? Different options for the Fire.

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    Lindpere is a good MLS player.

    I agree with that ambition statement. How sad. My ambition to root for this club too is lowering as well.

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